Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Nathaniel Atkinson Melbourne City FC for blog

Photo:  Nathaniel Atkinson (left) in action for Melbourne City Youth against Tasmania in 2016 [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s Nathaniel Atkinson captained the Australian Under-19s to a 2-1 win over Vietnam at the Asian Football Federation Under-19 Championships in Indonesia.

Atkinson, from A-League side Melbourne City, wore the captain’s armband in the absence of the usual skipper, Sebastain Pasquali, who was ill and who plays for Ajax in the Netherlands.

Kurt Reynolds Game Development Manager of FFT for blog

Photo:  Kurt Reynolds, the FFT Game Development Manager in 2012 [PlessPix]

Atkinson is the fifth Tasmanian to captain an Australian representative team.

The others are Domenic Longo, who began his career with Hobart Juventus, Kurt Reynolds, a Launceston Juventus product, Josh Hope, who is now with A-League side Melbourne Victory, and Olympia Warriors' midfielder Eduardo Castaneda.

Longo and Reynolds were captains for an extended period.

Domenic Longo of Marconi for blog

Photo:  Domenic Longo at a coaching clinic at North Chigwell [PlessPix]

Australia’s Under-19s began their current campaign with a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Korea.

Jeon Se-jin put Korea ahead after 52 minutes before Melbourne City’s Ramy Najjarine, who had come on as a substitute, equalised in the final minute.

Angus Thurgate put Australia ahead against Vietnam in the 37th minute, while Ipswich Town’s Ben Folami made it 2-0 in the second half from an excellent pass by Atkinson.

Le Van Nam pulled a goal back for Vietnam to make for a nail-biting finish, but the Aussies held on to their lead.

Australia play Jordan on Thursday in their third game and need just a draw to qualify for the quarterfinals.


+5 #6 Needs to grow 2018-10-25 07:42
Quoting 88888888888:
Rangers gone then said they should kept it eight tier.with clarence down knights & riverside up

Well can't put a southern team in to make it ten cause it will be seven to three.and to have a buy each week is stupid we don't play long enough as it is seasons so short. Got cold Turkey already missing npl
+5 #5 Walt 2018-10-25 05:57
Correction #1 and #2. My apologies, mate. I will amend the story. Cheers!
+3 #4 88888888888 2018-10-25 02:06
Rangers gone then said they should kept it eight tier.with clarence down knights & riverside up
-5 #3 Anon 2018-10-25 01:11
Not this subject but rangers have offially pulled out of the NPL.
So what happens now do Somerset come in?
If not and say Beachside do then does the roster change to where the Northern teams only travel once down South to play Zebras etc and the southern teams go North twice to play strikers etc.
+8 #2 Correction 2018-10-24 23:40
Also, Josh Hope captained Australia as well. You actually have an article on it Walter! :)

+1 #1 Correction 2018-10-24 23:37
Hi Walter,

Small correction but Eduardo Castaneda captained the Australian U16s against the Philippines and Cambodia back in 2015, although he was a stand in captain, it still counts! :)



He may have captained other games too but these are the ones I recall.

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